SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

February 10, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  16 - 17

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Rick Metsger

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Sen. Charles Starr

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

Introduction of Committee Measures – Work Session

SB 20 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 289 – Public Hearing and Work Session

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 16, A

003

Chair Morrisette

Calls committee meeting to order at 3:04 p.m.  Opens work session for introduction of committee measures.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES – WORK SESSION

005

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Introduces LC 1133 (EXHIBIT A), LC 1153 (EXHIBIT B), LC 1155 (EXHIBIT C), and LC 2250 (EXHIBIT D).

010

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves LC's:  1133, 1153, 1155, 2250 BE INTRODUCED as committee bills.

015

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

020

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session for introduction of committee measures and opens a public hearing on SB 20.

SB 20 – PUBLIC HEARING

025

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Explains the bill.

050

David Wolf

President Elect, Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OPA).  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 20 (EXHIBIT E).

100

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks what medical conditions they are able to cover.

105

Wolf

Provides examples.

107

Chair Morrisette

Asks if Wolf has had an issue with a particular Independent Physicians Association (IPA).

110

Wolf

Advises yes and explains how.

115

Chair Morrisette

Comments on IPA and Lane county Independent Physicians Association (LIPA).

130

Leland Carr

Dean, Pacific University, College of Optometry, Forest Grove, OR.  Notes that they are the only school in Northwest that has accredited optometry schooling. Testifies in support of SB 20.  Explains how it would remove barriers and obstacles.

160

Wayne Schumacher

Executive Director, Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OPA).  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 20 (EXHIBIT F).

210

Sen. Kruse

Refers to changes in sections three and four of the bill. Asks if sections clarify the current bill.

220

Schumacher

Affirms.

230

Scott Gallant

Representative, Oregon Medical Association.  Testifies about concerns with SB 20.

280

Gallant

Continues to discuss concerns.

310

Sen. Kruse

Asks Gallant to address the major concern of SB 20.

320

Gallant

Comments on a variety of reasons that the bill is necessary.  Also addresses major concern.

350

Chair Morrisette

Identifies that there might be an interpretation issue.

375

Holly Robinson

Legislative Counsel’s office.  Explains the intent of the bill.

395

Sen. Kruse

Refers to sections three and four.  Confirms that the language is to clarify previous bill.

400

Robinson

Explains how the language is different, but kept the underlying concept is the same.

TAPE 17, A

006

Gallant

Reads the part of the bill that is he has concern about.

025

Robinson

Clarifies the definition Gallant used and how he misinterpreted the definition.

035

Gallant

Requests that he and the other party go over bill more thoroughly.

045

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Confirms that a service can be provided by a physician that is not apart of the IPA.

055

Robinson

Affirms.  Adds that the insured in those cases are covered by optometry services.

070

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Clarifies that with a preferred provider plan, you have to go through your primary provider first.

075

Robinson

Affirms, adds that there are services they have to provide.

077

Sen. Kruse

Asks Gallant to confirm that patients can choose an optometrist not contracted with an IPA.

083

Gallant

Affirms.

085

Sen. Kruse

Asks if a patient goes to an optometrist and the service is provided, then whose business will it effect negatively.

087

Gallant

Asks Sen. Kruse to clarify the question.

090

Sen. Kruse

Re-clarifies question.

100

Gallant

Answers questions about patients seeing a physician not in their plan.

115

Sen. Kruse

Clarifies that he is trying to figure out who the bill would effect negatively or entity at risk.

135

Sen. Alan Bates

Senate District # 3.  Clarifies Sen. Kruse’s question and the bill.  Also testifies in support of SB 20.

180

Sen. Metsger

Asks if charges are similar for all optometrists and if there is control of the costs.

188

Sen. Bates

Clarifies that if they are apart of the IPA, they agree to the contract set up by IPA.

205

Gallant

Comments again on his concern for the language of the bill.  Addresses that bill is for multiple purposes.

250

Sen. Bates

Comments on getting a second opinion for language bill.  Encourages to pass bill.

265

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on SB 20.

SB 20 – WORK SESSION

270

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 20 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

275

Sen. C Starr

Comments on his support for the bill

285

Sen. Metsger

Comments on helpfulness of Sen. Bates clarification.  Addresses who is being harmed. Notes possible additional cost.

295

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on importance of cost containment.

310

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. BATES will lead discussion on the floor.

310

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 20 and opens public hearing on SB 289.

SB 289 – PUBLIC HEARING

325

Patty Whitney-Wise

Executive Director, Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 289 (EXHIBIT G).

385

Sarah Chieffo

Legislative Aide for Sen. Frank Shields, Senate District #24.  Testifies in support of SB 289 in his behalf.

415

Sue Woodbury

Program Manager, Nutrition and Health Screening (WIC) program, Office of Family Health, Oregon Department of Human Services.  Submits and presents testimony in support of SB 289 (EXHIBIT H).

Tape 16, B

015

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the amount of fruits and vegetables one can buy with $20.00 at farmers markets and road side stands.

025

Sen. Starr

Comments on personal experience owning a farm and customers using the coupons.

035

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 289.

SB 289 – WORK SESSION

038

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 289 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

042

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

045

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 289 and adjourns meeting at 4:10 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Introductions, LC 1133, staff, 3 pp

B.     Introductions, LC 1153, staff, 2 pp

C.     Introductions, LC 1155, staff, 2 pp

D.    Introductions, LC 2250, staff, 1 p

E.     SB 20, written testimony, David Wolf, 2 pp

F.      SB 20, written testimony, Wayne Schumacher, 5 pp

G.    SB 289, written testimony, Patti Whitney-Wise, 2 pp

H.    SB 289, written testimony, Sue Woodbury, 2 pp